Cover image for The Grove book of Hollywood
The Grove book of Hollywood
Silvester, Christopher.
Uniform Title:
Penguin book of Hollywood.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grove Press, c1998.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 696 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Originally published: The Penguin book of Hollywood. London, England : Viking, 1998.

Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PN1993.5.U65 P46 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



From its humble origins as a dusty California village to the height of movie studio glamor, this entertaining compendium brings Hollywood to life in the words of the people who worked there. A superb anthology . . . A feast for those who love Hollywood and those who hate it.--J.G. Ballard, The Observer (London).

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Many histories and personal reminiscences of Hollywood are available, but this generous anthology ably supplies a little of each, resulting in an enjoyable, informative, and eclectic read. Arranged by decade from 1910 through the 1990s, the text traces the development of the cinematic capital via excerpts from books, memoirs, letters, diaries, and other writings by a fine assortment of producers, directors, actors, writers, commentators, and others. Included are Colleen Moore, King Vidor, Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Capra, Jean Harlow, David Niven, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sidney Lumet, Luis Bunuel, and many more. Topics range from life on the set and studio practices to historical events and humorous personal anecdotes. Each piece is preceded by short but helpful biographical data about the author. An opening background essay for each section might have been a nice touch, but the thoughtful introduction certainly provides a substantial overview. This should be a high-priority item on reading lists for courses in cinema history and will be of definite interest to film buffs. Recommended for educational libraries with cinema titles and public libraries.-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.